7 Spaces That Use White Beautifully

PHOTOS David Ross, Greg Cox WORDS Debbie Loots

White needn’t be cold or boring. Here are 7 spaces that use white with dark wood, black or neutrals to create inviting spaces.

1. All White Now

The McGowan’s farmhouse just outside Calitzdorp in the Western Cape got the white treatment. Walls, old furniture, the bath, an old coal stove… nothing was spared. It was an ugly-ish house, and white is very forgiving, hence the colour overload, explains owner, Trevyn.


2. Blank Canvas

The Nirox residency, 40km outside Johannesburg, offers local and international artists a space to create, connect and exchange ideas and experiences. It’s a space for artists to relax, unwind, muse. The only distraction: a crackling fire and views over landscaped gardens, lawns and wetlands.


3. Bird’s Nest

Ostrich-egg lights take centre stage in the McGowan’s mostly white bedroom in their mostly white farmhouse, Pear Tree Farm, outside Calitzdorp. White sheepskin rugs on the off-white tiled floor provide subtle warmth underfoot.


4. White on White

A variety of textures in this all-white playroom provides subtle nuances and breaks the one-dimensional look. A bookcase and a collection of old chairs provide an eclectic mix of shapes and forms jotted around the table.


5. Simply Sorted

While enjoying views across the majestic Maluti mountains from their Ladybrand home in the Eastern Fee State, Werner and Philippa du Toit run their handmade ceramics business, Mud Studio. Stacked here in a wooden rack is a collection of their work and, in front, on the old sandstone fireplace, perch bowls and jugs of distinction.


6. White Wash

Inspired by an American barn, a corrugated Free State home in Clarens has a midwestern antique theme running through all its spaces, even the bathroom. The chrome was stripped off the taps and spout for an authentic-looking, old-world appearance. The custom-built basin completes the look.

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7. Daydreaming

The uncomplicated hand of Californian architect Jim Jennings is evident in this space, where air and light take precedence over clutter. For this simple, corrugated home in the Napa Valley between the towns Calistoga and Santa Rosa, Jim drew from the surrounding landscape for design and materials inspiration.